The Research Option offers students majoring in aerospace engineering the opportunity for a substantial, in-depth research experience. Students are strongly encouraged at the end of their experience to work with their faculty mentor to develop a journal publication or conference presentation on the research in addition to the actual thesis.

Recent Submissions

  • The Effect of Sweep and Taper on Static Performance for Small Propellers 

    Kadri, Tobi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-07-18)
    These past few years have been the years of the UAV. UAVs, also called drones, now have the friendly tasks of filming sports or movie scenes, civilian surveillance, and simple general aviation. Some companies see a future ...
  • Qualitative Comparison of Commercial and Open Source Particle Image Velocimetry Softwares 

    Johnson, Henderson Johnson (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-07-18)
    Complex chemical and fluid dynamic mechanisms present in combustion systems necessitate the validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models using flow visualization and velocity field measurement techniques. Two ...
  • Design Tool for Simulation of Nanocomposite Material Properties 

    Worthy, Johnny Lee, III (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-05-08)
    The development of nanocomposites is one of the rapidly evolving areas of composite materials research due to the unique properties exhibited by nanoscale reinforcements. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), for example, have superior ...
  • Design of a thermoelectric edu-kitchen system 

    Srivastava, Akshaya (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-05-08)
    The driving force behind this project is to aid the people who live in ru- ral areas of the world and have difficulties in accessing basic electricity and kitchen efficiencies. The most basic kitchen is a pot over a fire. ...
  • Effect of flame temperature ratio on bluff body wakes 

    Lundrigan, Julia (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-05-07)
    Safe operation of aircraft and aeroderivative industrial gas turbine engines relies heavily on the stability of the combustion process. Combustion instabilities are of interest because they may lead to harmful pressure ...
  • Dynamics of Acoustic Forcing on Turbulent Flames 

    Ma, Hsin-Hsiao (Jim) (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-05-11)
    This research is motivated by instabilities in lean, premixed, swirl combustors. Two experimental setups including a Bunsen burner and a swirl combustor were used along with visualization methods such as Planar Laser Induced ...
  • Multi-point Optimization of Airfoils 

    Chiguluri, Bhanu S. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-05-09)
    Many previous studies focused on developing optimum airfoils for steady flight conditions. However, with minimal extensions airfoils could be designed to perform better at the take-off conditions which would result in the ...
  • Development and application of a rapid military model development framework 

    Andriano, Nelson Gregory (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-12-20)
    Military operations are complex systems composed of the interactions of many smaller discrete systems, or assets: aircraft, watercraft, troops, etc. Historically, the requirements for new assets have been created based on ...
  • Dynamics of non-premixed v-gutter stabilized flames in high temperature flow 

    Fricker, Aimee Nicole (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-05-12)
    This study investigated the dynamics of bluff body stabilized combustion of liquid fuel jets injected into the cross flow of preheated air just upstream of V-guttered bluff body s wake. The dynamics of investigated combustion ...
  • Investigation of Adjoint Based Shape Optimization Techniques in NASCART-GT using Automatic Reverse Differentiation 

    Verma, Siddhartha (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05-04)
    Automated shape optimization involves making suitable modifications to a geometry that can lead to significant improvements in aerodynamic performance. Currently available mid-fdelity Aerodynamic Optimizers cannot be ...
  • Investigation of Physics-Based Approaches for Wind Turbine Modeling and Design 

    Nucci, Michael (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-05-04)
    Rising oil costs have created a need for a new sustainable energy source. Currently wind energy is beginning to fulfill this need. With many financial incentives being offered for clean energy, wind turbines are a promising ...
  • Image Analysis of Acoustically Excited Bluff Body Flames 

    Plaks, Dmitriy Vital (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007-12-17)
    This thesis analyzes the effects of various bluff bodies on the downstream flow field. Bluff bodies, for example, those typically found in jet engine augmentors, are objects designed to impede the flow in order to stabilize ...
  • Non-Deterministic Design of Utility Scale Wind Energy Systems 

    Scott, Robert (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007-05)
    The wind is an increasingly significant source of energy with the rising price of non-renewable fuels. The purpose of this project is to determine the specific intensity and frequency of wind speed required to sustain a ...
  • Direct Conversion for Space Solar Power 

    Boechler, Nicholas Sebastian (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007-05)
    Space Solar Power (SSP) is a powerful yet nearly untapped resource with revolutionary potential. SSP systems currently have several roadblocks to their implementation. With the technology in use today, converting solar ...